A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) By: Alyssa Cole
Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.
Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.
The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?
While voting for the 2018 Goodreads Choice awards I stumbled across A Princess in Theory. The cover grabbed me, the blurb sold me, and then holy cow I freaking loved the story.
It had the much loved prince pretending to be a commoner trope, something that usually ends up grating on my nerves and has me screaming at the character to just stop lying, but Cole revealed the lie halfway in. I really appreciated that because we got to see the aftermath of discovering someone you have feelings for has been lying to you.
Naledi was awesome. Strong, smart, vulnerable, but very much capable. She had character growth and an intriguing and sad past. I loved that the issues women in STEM careers have to face was brought up.
Prince Thabiso was the perfect prince. Seriously, the man was perfection. He loved his country and just wanted what was best for them. He had a reputation as a playboy, but the only time you really saw that was in his abilities in bed. Time well spent.
This story was so much fun. Entertaining, ridiculously romantic, I really loved it. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.